NEW YORK – It was the stuff of urban legend – rumours that a historic SoHo building had important graffiti hidden in its walls.
Except, in this case, it was true. A large mural that was created by some of graffiti’s earliest pioneers was discovered recently in a 10-storey limestone building just as developers were converting it into luxury condominiums.
The artwork contains a variety of images and writing executed in spray paint, grease pencil, magic marker and whatever else was at hand – in silver, gold, pink and red. There are cartoonlike pictures of a bomber airplane, images of a heart and a cake, and several references to Quaaludes, a popular 1970s party drug.
The Canadian Press: Historic graffiti mural discovered in Manhattan building.
Free Online Videos Celebrate Best in Landscape Architecture
Washington, DC, December 10, 2007 — As the year draws to a close, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has released a series of online videos for free downloading and viewing that celebrate the best in landscape architecture for 2007. Narrated by Susan Stamberg, the videos explore the ASLA Professional Award winning projects.
The winning projects were selected from more than 500 submissions from around the globe, and the videos are available for download here:
* General Design
* Residential Design
* Analysis & Planning
* The Landmark Award
Free Online Videos Celebrate Best in Landscape Architecture. ASLA
NEW ORLEANS — The few rebuilt homes on this Gentilly block are surrounded by debris-dotted and weed-choked empty lots, or houses abandoned after Hurricane Katrina.
In Gentilly and many neighborhoods, uncertainty hangs like a thick fog nearly 28 months after the storm flooded 80 percent of New Orleans. “It could go one way or the other,” Karran Harper Royal says as she pulls up to her rebuilt home in Gentilly’s Oak Park. “I try to go the optimistic way.”
Neighborhoods Await Redevelopment Plan | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle.
A $2.4 million public art piece chosen by a city-appointed panel for the planned downtown park near Van Buren Street and Central Avenue has been rejected by the Phoenix City Manager’s Office despite $104,000 already paid to the artist.
Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission members are angry and wonder if someone in City Hall thinks the proposed piece, which resembles a floating jellyfish, is too unconventional and will reignite a controversy on what makes for proper public art.
Phoenix ditches $2.4 million public-art project for park.